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Mixed Feelings About Early Dismissals

LEHMAN TOWNSHIP — Many students in our area came home early from school when the snow caused roads to get slick.

Parents at Lake-Lehman School District in Luzerne County say they understand the reason for early dismissals but wish they weren’t necessary.

Parents of students at Lehman-Jackson Elementary picked up their children a little earlier than expected.  The school district in Luzerne County dismissed early due to the snow.

“I’m just mad because I just wake up every day and I always expect to go to school and not have a half day and today we just had one,” said fourth grader Iggy Borger.

One second grader was glad to head home.

“I’m happy, but it’s freezing out here!”

Other kids would rather finish out the school day.

“I don’t like getting out early because we were supposed to have gym today.”

Parents say they have mixed feelings on early dismissals. They are concerned about the children’s safety, but they’re also a little worried about the road conditions.

Fredrick Boston of Noxen came to pick up his grandchildren since their parents couldn’t get out of work.

“Some parents don’t have that luxury and with the economy, the state that it’s in today, it becomes a bigger burden because then they have to leave work,” Boston said.

Emily Kane of Dallas was happy to get her grandchild, as she does every day.

“I just feel bad for the parents who don’t have anybody to pick their children up,” she said. “I think it’s a good idea when the roads are bad,yes, definitely.”

“Do you want your kids out on worse roads or do you want to take the gamble? How do you really determine? It’s a tough situation either way,” Boston added.

This is the second day in a row that snow has affected Lake-Lehman’s schedule. The district was supposed to have a half day Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day but ended up with a full day of classes to make up for a snow day.

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